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Mother's day 2018

Dates to Remember

May 13th: Mother's Day

May 28th: Center Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 30th: Last Day of Public School

May 30th: VPK Graduation at 9:30am

May 31st - Aug 9th: Summer Program


 Parent Reminders

1. Please let the office staff know if you are not bringing your children in for the Summer.
2. Please bring in any shorts or pants your children have outgrown, as we would like extra clothing on campus for children who are soiled and have no extra clothes.
3. Please shut all gates securely for the safety of all the children.
4. Update your Emergency Information if any changes occur.
5. Bring in all Physical and Shot Records prior to expiration date.

Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News


parent-teacher-conferenceTeachers will be putting out signup sheets for the May end of the year Parent Conferences.  Conferences will take place from May 10th through May 25th.

Please make time to attend your one on one with your child’s classroom teacher.  Teachers will be sharing with parents their children’s achievements throughout the year, work samples, Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Report, writing samples and goals for the upcoming year.  Your child will receive a portfolio highlighting your child’s journey in learning over the past year.


vpk graduation

VPK Graduation is scheduled for Wednesday May 30th, 2018 at 9:30 AM.  Please join us in our celebration of your children’s accomplishments during this school year.   Focus on Four, a continuation of VPK, to avoid the summer slide begins on June 4th and ends on July 27th.  We look forward to seeing all of our VPK students during the summer freshening up all of the skills they will need, to be successful in Kindergarten.


Nancy Mathis, Advertising Specialist, with LeeTran is scheduling with us this summer to speak to the VPK and School Age children about riding LeeTran.  In this hour long presentation Nancy will to talk to the children about the bus, where the bus goes, rules, etc.  Her presentation is very “kid” friendly and Nancy will bring a photo of the bus and bus stop sign.  She will also provide to the children a LeeTran discount ID card which would allow them to ride the bus for half price until they graduate high school.  There is no charge to process the ID.  A letter will be sent home to the parents to initiate receiving an ID for their child.  For parents who ride the bus with their children already this is a great opportunity for your children to ride for half the fee.

Messina 2018 (7)a community gardenPLANTING SEASON IS APPROACHING

Our Community Gardens were developed to assist parents in providing fresh vegetables for their families.  We ask that each child bring in a vegetable plant.  Classrooms will be adopting beds and maintaining them.  Please bring in one of the following: broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, tomato, peppers, zucchini, squash or cucumber.  Each child will be able to plant their vegetable and watch it grow.  If you would like to adopt a bed for your family, please see Tammy or Yolanda.  We need your help to be successful, plus the vegetables are fresh and delicious!!


Our new Family Resource Specialist, Constance, is on site Tuesday and Thursday to assist parents with any needs they may have.  Constance can help you with obtaining subsidized care, food stamps, housing, applying for college, first time homeowner and much more.  Please introduce yourself to her and take time to explore ways in which we can help make your families dreams come true.


Messina would like to extend a warm Mother’s Day wish to all of our parents.  Children will be making surprise Mother’s Day Gifts on May 11th.

mothers day breakfast


Another great way to stay connected is our Facebook page.  If you have a personal Facebook page, find our page…….Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center…… and LIKE it.  Now you will be able to see activities around the center or perhaps even your child.

Be Sure to check out our Facebook page!  


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